An Open Letter to Christians

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times: truth without charity is not truth.

Those who follow me on Twitter know that I get my fair share of inappropriate comments and “hate mail.” On a regular basis, I am called names, sent graphic messages, have my priesthood questioned, and witness my family, friends, or brothers attacked. It is discouraging to say the least.

Especially when you consider that 99% of it comes from fellow Christians, the majority from fellow Catholics.

To be honest, these sorts of comments rarely have a personal effect on me. I understand what I’m dealing with online, that there is plenty of anger and mental illness in our world, and so I can usually ignore it fairly easily. I have learned to utilize the “block” and “mute” features of social media quiet liberally…

But that doesn’t mean that I remain entirely unaffected by the constant stream of hatred. While not hurtful personally, I am often distraught by the effect that people’s words can have on others; I look at the comments towards me, said by Christians, as undermining the wonderful work of evangelization happening in our Church. Why would anyone join a Church where its people talk to each other in this way? It saddens me to see that Christians on the internet act no differently from the rest of the world, that they may, in fact, act worse because of their supposed righteous anger.

This is not good. And it needs to stop.

What I have presented here is an open letter to all Christians. I hope that you may share it with anyone you know who acts rudely or violently online, that it may be a wake-up call to all of us: the world is watching. What do they see when Christians speak to one another? What do they think of Christianity?

I tell you, people will rarely remember what you say to them, but they will never forget how you made them feel. If we are to be evangelizers of Jesus Christ, it doesn’t just matter what we say. How we say it is equally important.

Peace and good to you all.

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7 Comments on “An Open Letter to Christians

  1. Father Casey,
    It feels good to finally call you Father. Congratulations.

    I am so sorry that this issue has to even be addressed. Even worse that the wonderful person you are is talked to in this manner. I will pray for healing that God will help change such a thing.

    God bless and keep you safe.

    James

  2. Isaiah 42/1: “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him. . .”

    You speak the truth in love, Father. Thanks.

  3. I am not surprised by your post. I have been expecting it for sometime now. You are much braver than I and it is one of the reasons that I don’t participate in social media. I find the personal attacks directed to family members and the Church, more that I can stead. I am sorry that you have to run verbal gauntlets to evangelize the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Is it not similar in some way with the physical gauntlets early Christians had to endure?

  4. Father,your love and devotion are unquestionable. You have dedicated your life to Christ and helping us all obtain eternal life. The harassment are efforts to stop your sincere efforts at spreading His words.
    Pax et Bonum
    J. Maynes. OFS

  5. Well said Father Casey. May God bless you and all the good work you are doing.

  6. Dear Friar Casey,
    Thank you for your bold, loving proclamation.
    I believe our Seraphic Father Francis had the right attitude about what you and many suffer in His Name: he called it PERFECT JOY!
    Blessings and Peace to you and all our brothers and sisters,

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